On Ringo Lake continues to make progress. It is a great procrastination tool. Want to work on something else? Do something with Ringo Lake first. It makes me more productive, since I am getting twice as much stuff done as I would have otherwise.
I didn't want to bring down another project that had lots of supplies, but quilting doesn't mix well with piecing, since the machine needs different settings for both. I decided to keep doing hand work since I enjoyed doing that so much with the fabric book. This is my first ever crazy quilt block.
This quilt was started in 2009 or maybe before and it got stalled because I was trying to follow the rules, without even knowing what they were. Must piece the rest of the blocks before embellishing any. Must not add beads or other bulky things until after blocks have been joined together. I had six of the nine blocks pieced and just a little bit of embellishment. This picture above shows how I found the block before I started working on it. The library book is for inspiration.
Since then, I have been collecting beads and trim to add to the quilt. Seriously, anytime there was any bead or ribbon sale, I bought something to add to this quilt. If it was orange or shiny, it went in this box. And if it isn't orange or shiny, it is still needed for contrast. The box was brimming over with embellishment supplies. I have enough to make many quilts. These blocks are only 8 inches!
I decided it was time to work on this quilt so I could use some of these supplies, and be able to do handwork without guilt. I feel virtuous being able to work on such an old WIP!
This is my favorite section. I'm not done with the block yet. The bottom left side and the top right need a little something. In future blocks, I will be more careful with adding beads so close to the edge. This block might require some hand piecing to avoid crushing the beads.
Please give me ideas about what else to stitch. This is only block one of nine and I already feel like I am stretching.
15 Minutes to Stitch
Here is my progress on the 15 Minutes to Stitch .
I did not stitch on Monday, because I didn't want people to be jealous of my perfection. But because I stitched so much the rest of the week, I had to go back and retroactively take credit for it anyway.
I have been really happy with keeping up with stitching (almost) every day. Reporting it makes me more accountable. I have been working hard at making sure I stitch every day because I know that when the busy season comes, I won't be able to stitch at all, so I need to keep the current stats high to balance. My guess is that last year, I probably would have been at 50% and hopefully this year, I will end above 60%. I am going to aim for above 70% though. Aim high!
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